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Nutrition & Dietetics

Here's food for thought: With Sinclair's Nutrition & Dietetics programs, you'll have the skills necessary to work with licensed, registered dietitians to provide nutritional guidance and medical nutrition therapy for clients/patients. These programs also open additional career opportunities available in the foodservice industry, school system nutrition management, and as a community nutrition professionals. The Sinclair Nutrition and Dietetics programs are open to those age 16 and older.

The nutrition and dietetic health career field is expanding which combines food safety, nutrition education, medical nutrition therapy, and management; technical work with clients/patients and medical staff; membership in professional organizations; leadership skills combined with job satisfaction and security; and participation in the total health care delivery.

The Nutrition and Dietetics programs at Sinclair can teach you the skills needed to enter a career in a variety of nutrition practices, including foodservice management, medical nutrition therapy, community outreach and more.

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Why major in Nutrition & Dietetics?

This area of study might be for you if:
  • You enjoy living a healthy lifestyle or wish to move in that direction.
  • You want to teach others nutritious choices for a healthy lifestyle.
  • You are interested in gaining the skills to work as a dietary manager, dietetic technician or dietitian.
  • You would like to work with people who share your interests in nutrition and health.

Whether you wish to prepare for a new position (as a dietetic technician registered, certified dietary manager) or learn about techniques for helping to promote your personal health, Sinclair's Nutrition & Dietetics programs have courses for you. Take courses to learn about nutrition and health or study to help others meet their nutritional wellness goals. Make the world a healthier place.

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Curriculum Update

A curriculum update will go into effect the fall of 2024. If you would like a copy of the updated curriculum, please contact the Administrative Assistant for Nutrition and Dietetics department at 937-512-2756.

For program specific information click on the program below:

Associate of Applied Science
Nutrition and Dietetics Technician Go to Program Details Display Program Description
Graduates of the Nutrition and Dietetics Technician (NDT) program are trained food and nutrition practitioners that work under the supervision of a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). As an integral member of the health care and food service management teams, they influence food choices and lifestyles to promote optimal health. The program consists of five domains that include clinical, community, education, management and foodservice systems. The five domains are then grouped into two major domains of foodservice systems/management and clinical nutrition that align with accreditation and NDTR national credentialing exam parameters. The Nutrition & Dietetics Technician program is designed to be completed in five (5) consecutive semesters on a full-time basis. Some students elect to attend on a part-time basis, extending the length of study to three academic years. The curriculum consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. The limited enrollment coursework includes 570 hours of unpaid directed practice experiences at area community, food service and health care facilities. The limited enrollment coursework also includes 285 lab hours completed in the Nutrition & Dietetics Food Lab and general education laboratories. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the program webpage. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required, as well as a grade of C or higher in all program courses. NDT program students must successfully complete the DIT 2855 Comprehensive Program Assessment Capstone course with a "C" or higher to earn the ACEND accreditation Verification Statement required to take the NDTR credentialing exam. Students of Sinclair's Nutrition and Dietetics Program are eligible to become members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), a nationally recognized organization located at 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago Illinois 60606, 1-800-877-1600, This specially designed program enables students to enjoy benefits of student AND membership while attending school. Graduates are eligible for active AND membership. Benefits include networking, professional growth, educational enrichment, and developing leadership skills. The graduate is eligible to take the National Credentialing Exam to become a Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR). Note: For students under age 16 there may be restrictions on participating in certain Health Sciences programs. Any student under age 16 must contact the program director/department chair to discuss whether he or she may enroll. The NDT program contains a program-comprehensive assessment in the DIT 2855 capstone course that must be successfully completed for the student to be eligible to take the national NDTR credentialing exam. Three (3) successive attempts are permitted for the successful completion of the program-comprehensive assessment exam. This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at View Full Program Details
Short-term Technical Certificate
Graduates of the Dietary Manager (DM) Program are trained foodservice professionals in retail and foodservice management within health care and community institutions. They understand basic nutritional needs of clients and work in partnership with dietetic technicians and dietitians, who offer specialized nutritional expertise. Approved by the Association of Nutrition and Food Professionals (ANFP), the curriculum includes 13 semester credit hours of classroom instruction, 3 semester credit hours of food lab instruction, and 210 hours of management and clinical directed practice coordinated by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). A minimum of 25 clinical directed practice hours are directly-supervised by a RDN. Students are required to complete these field experiences at area community, foodservice and healthcare facilities. As an integral member of the healthcare and foodservice management teams, dietary managers are responsible for maintaining cost/profit objectives, purchasing goods and services for the nutrition department and supervising staff. Students of Sinclair's Dietary Manager Program are eligible to become pre-professional members of the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP), a nationally recognized organization that can be reached at PO Box 3610, St. Charles, IL 60174, 1-800-323-1908, This specially designed program enables students to enjoy benefits of ANFP membership while attending school. Graduates are eligible for professional ANFP membership. Benefits include networking, professional growth, educational enrichment, and developing leadership skills. Completion of the DM Program and successfully passing a national credentialing exam will enable graduates to become Certified Dietary Managers, Certified Food Protection Professionals (CDM, CFPPs) in accordance with the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers at The DM Program at Sinclair is fully approved by the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP). Students must pass all DM certificate program courses with a letter grade of "C" or better. The Sinclair nutrition and dietetics programs are open to those age 16 and older. View Full Program Details

The Dining Assistant Program is a State of Ohio approved training course which provides practical skill development in feeding techniques and working with populations with self-feeding difficulties with a focus on the elderly. The program is designed to ensure that Dining Assistants have a basic understanding of the nutritional needs of long term care residents, communications and interactions involving the residents and staff, as well as behavior challenges and safety procedures involving residents.

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Graduates of the certificate program create environments where moments of joy, independence, and wellness are promoted as they assist with preparation of food items and serves food to patients and residents within a scheduled time frame. The Nutrition Associate cleans and maintains food service areas, including kitchen and dining room, assists the Nutrition Director or Dietary Manager and/or cook in maintaining inventory and quality control. Maintains clean, neat and safe work environment. Assures that residents diets are followed. Maintains current sanitation audits and highest standards for kitchen cleanliness. Assists as a patient or resident assistant when all dietary duties are finished. View Full Program Details
The sports nutrition specialist is equipped with the knowledge of evidence-based nutrition principles that include Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Dietary Reference Intakes, USDA Nutrition Guidelines, FDA Nutrition Guidelines, CDC Nutritional Guidelines, MyPlate, National Fruit & Vegetable Consumption Coalition, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics general nutrition guidelines and position papers. The sports nutrition specialist is trained to identify nutrition-related acute and chronic illness as well as disordered eating practices that can then be referred to a nutrition professional. Knowledge of macronutrients and their relationship with exercise and performance are provided. Ergogenic aids, supplements, and fad diets are reviewed for efficacy. The sports nutrition specialist certificate, in conjunction with an accredited personal training credential provides the nutrition knowledge for the trainer to provide general evidence-based nutrition principles to a healthy population as it applies to exercise and performance. View Full Program Details

Important Information about Health Sciences Programs: The Health Sciences (HS) Programs consist of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the program specific information packet located on each HS program's webpage.
It is very important that you meet with an Academic Advisor by calling 937-512-3700, or visiting Building 10, Room 301, to make sure you are scheduling the correct classes for your program choices. They can also direct you to financial services for any information you require about finances.

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